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Report: Pat Riley never called Dwyane Wade during free agency that took Wade to Bulls


In his season-ending press conference, Pat Riley said of Dwyane Wade, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

He’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable. We want to do the right thing, there’s no doubt.

The right thing turned out to be a two-year, $40 million contract offer — less than the Bulls, who got him, and Nuggets offered.

The right thing also apparently didn’t include a phone call.

Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald:

This certainly won’t be the last mudslinging after the messy breakup between Wade and the Heat. Wade doesn’t want to become a pariah in Miami for his exit, and the Heat don’t want to lose their reputation as an organization that treats players well.

Even if it’s true that Riley never called, I wonder how spun this is. Did he talk to Wade in person? Text? Email?

At minimum, the absence of Riley — the famed recruiter — at the Heat’s final meeting with Wade was telling.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Wade sacrificed salary for years — and was rewarded with successful teams, including two championship squads after luring LeBron James and Chris Bosh. But it also seemed Wade expected to recoup his financial losses someday.

That day never came, and if Riley didn’t sell Wade on Miami’s other positives, what was going to keep the star guard there?

Charles Barkley defends criticism of Kevin Durant to Warriors by saying he didn’t force trade to Rockets, is full of crap

26 Jan 1999: Charles Barkley #4 of the Houston Rockets goes up for the rebound with Will Perdue of the Spurs during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. The Spurs defeated the Rockets 106-99.
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There are numerous reasons to dismiss Charles Barkley’s criticism of Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors.

The biggest, which Kurt covered here: Barkley forced a trade from the Suns to the Rockets in 1996.

Houston was one year removed from winning back-to-back championships, eliminating Barkley and Phoenix en route to both titles. With Barkley joining Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, the Rockets were deemed a super team before the season.

But Barkley is now trying to spin the deal to fit a narrative detached from reality.

Barkley on the Doug Gottlieb Show:

First of all, let’s get a couple misnomers. I got traded to Houston. I didn’t get asked to go to Houston. First of all, I never asked to go to Houston.

So, that notion — I’ve heard that several times, that I was chasing a ring. I never chased a ring.

I got out of Philly, because they were a bad organization. They traded the No. 1 pick in the draft, Brad Daugherty. So, I got traded to Phoenix. That was the only time I demanded a trade and wasn’t going to play anymore.

But the Suns traded me to Houston. I wasn’t chasing a ring. I’ve never felt like a ring was — this ain’t like the mafia or Jerry Maguire where this thing completes. I was a heck of a player. I didn’t win it. I’m cool with that. I never played on the best team.

But this notion that I chased a ring in Houston — they traded me to Houston. I never said let me go play with old Clyde, old Hakeem and old Charles Barkley. So, that’s actually 100 percent not true.

Barkley at the time of the trade:

“I’m very excited,” he told two Philly TV stations. “Obviously, it’s something I wanted to do. Houston was my first priority.”

“At this stage of my career, I’m not a great player. I’m a good player,” he said. “But with Hakeem and Clyde, I have a great shot at a championship.”

“I called the shots,” he said. “When push comes to shove, I think you have to stand up to the system.”

Barkley did not address how much snow he walked through on his uphill journey — both ways — from Phoenix to Houston.

Grizzlies rookie Deyonta Davis has plantar fasciitis in left foot

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY  23: Deyonta Davis #23 of the Michigan State Spartans dunks during warmups prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at the Breslin Center on January 23, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie center Deyonta Davis has plantar fasciitis in his left foot and is expected to miss the team’s first three summer league games in Las Vegas.

The Grizzlies announced Davis’ injury Wednesday. They said Davis hurt his foot while participating in individual workouts in Memphis.

Davis will be re-evaluated daily.

Davis is a 6-foot-11, 239-pound rookie from Michigan State. The Grizzlies acquired his draft rights after the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round with the 31st overall pick.

Report: Suns signing Leandro Barbosa to two-year, $8 million contract

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 02:  Leandro Barbosa #19 of the Golden State Warriors and Archie Goodwin #20 of the Phoenix Suns go for a loose ball at ORACLE Arena on April 2, 2015 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Warriors are signing Kevin Durant. I suppose they can stand some losses.

Harrison Barnes (Mavericks), Andrew Bogut (Mavericks), Brandon Rush (Timberwolves) and Festus Ezeli (TBD) are headed out of Golden State, which must preserve max cap space.

Leandro Barbosa will also depart.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

Barbosa began his career with the Suns, and for someone so reliant on speed, he has remained effective into his 30s. Credit a good outside shot, court vision that allows him to find creases to attack the rim and a solid presence in the locker room.

That last trait will be important in Phoenix, where a young team could use more veteran leadership.

Barbosa gets a nice payday for leaving a contender, and the Suns maintain flexibility. This works all around.

Report: Cavaliers re-signing Richard Jefferson to two-year, $5 million contract

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  Richard Jefferson #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As he celebrated the Cavaliers’ championship, Richard Jefferson said he was retiring.

About that..

Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports:

The Cavaliers can pay Jefferson $3,807,771 through the Non-Bird exception or $4,505,135 through the bi-annual exception. So, unless there’s some rounding here, the Cavs dipped into their mid-level exception — especially likely since the bi-annual would trigger a hard cap.

Jefferson played well for Cleveland, especially in the playoffs. At age 36, his production could drop at any moment. But the Cavs just traded for another forward, Mike Dunleavy. Those aging veterans can split the burden as  they back up LeBron James.

Nothing will force Jefferson to play both years of this deal, but he might. He seems eager for another run.